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Overall Reviews at Chicago Public Schools

Principal | Chicago, IL | Jun 25, 2014
Bilingual Education Leader enjoys a weekly staff reflection with free lunches for teachers
A typical day at work is highlighted by engaging parents, teachers and students through dialogue in the process of equal access to a quality education. What's most exciting is the celebrity status I have at my site; everyone knows and call out to say hello. Some students even reach out for a hug. I have learned that the life of a teacher and an administrator varies immensely even though the intended outcomes are the same, "educate the children." As a classroom teacher I managed, engaged and interacted with a small community of learners every year. First, we became a family, then we spent an entire year sharing and caring about each other, then we said your sad goodbyes. Subsequently, the year begins again and another group completes the cycle year after year. Hellos and Goodbyes" As an administrator, I serve a more expansive community, the demand for personalized attention becomes greater, while increasing the pace of the school environment. My responsibility is now all classrooms, all students, all parents and the entire community--those external partners as well, how do I engage them all, "how do I get buy in," even from Walmart, and Jewel etc? The need to build trusting relationships among all stakeholders; students, teachers, parents, LSC, BAC, PACs, and board personnel become extremely important factors in achieving success. Moreover, the key constituents-- parents and teachers require different levels of coaching, coupled with persuasion. Some parents need guid
ProsFree after school programs and extra curricular activities
ConsContractual rules that impeded instructional success
Program Coordinator | Chicago, IL | Jul 13, 2022
Disorganized Education
CPS is a mess. It is a gigantic not-for-profit organization = disorganization and terrible dissemination of information. I deeply believe in public education, but please be prepared for the politics at pay and how students of color, English Language Learners, and students with diverse learning needs are ALWAYS in need of more support than is provided or asked for. The organization itself is disorganized and there is an apparent disconnect from the administrators & network specialists to the classroom and the issues that teachers are facing. I believe because the district is so big that the needs of schools vary from building to building. I also think there is a huge discrepancy between the demographics (race) of network specialists and administrators and the students and populations they serve. There should be more avenues to support the growth of their teachers of color into leadership roles. There is a lack in the onboarding process for new teachers and a lack in district-wide development of teachers. Much of the experience faced in CPS is highly dependent on the principle of the school, so do your research by contacting teachers at the school for which you are applying and ask about the culture and climate of the school, as well as how administrations solicit upward feedback. Ask questions during your interview to gain an understanding of how your principal supports work-life balance, how they support new teachers (mentoring program, grade level team meeting dates), w
Teacher | United States | Jul 15, 2021
Depends on where you're at!
I worked at 4 CPS in my 8 years of teaching as an art educator. All elementary schools. Jobs in art and music are highly competitive. I found the more years I had, and the more qualified I was, the more I would cost a school, so therefore newer, better positions were much more difficult to obtain. Teachers straight out of college were chosen for these art positions, no one wants to pay a lot for an art teacher when reading and math are the priority. I worked in 2 Turnaround schools for 4 of my years. One on the south side another on the west side. Those were tough. The children had many needs, and learning to manage behaviour was something that had to be mastered in order to survive. You couldn't just send a child to the principal's office (or half the school would be in there). You were expected to have a classroom management plan and cope with behaviour issues while teaching. It wasn't so bad with the k-3 students. But fourth and up got harder and harder. The best thing to do is develop a positive relationship with the children. Calling parents (even if it seems totally intimidating) worked wonders for me. Almost all parents, no matter where they're from, are impressed when you take time out to care about their child with a phone call. Just sprinkle in a lot of positives! Working for CPS is a wild ride...especially if you're anywhere but the north side of the city. But after you've worked in this city, you will be confident to teach ANYWHERE! (that is if you don't qu
ProsPay, time off, sense of purpose, you're doing a job that's so important, for kids who NEED good teachers they can depend on
ConsLots of turnover with staff and administration alike, behaviour issues in schools that impede teaching, MUST live in the city of Chicago in order to work for the school system
Health Services Administrator | Chicago, IL | Oct 30, 2019
Good job, different stress no work/life balance
I enjoyed my work. I worked as an HSN for a little more that one year. So I was there for the start of two school years. This is the job for you, if you plan to make school nursing your career. You will need your Certification (PEL/ Type 73) as a school nurse to be successful and increase pay quickly and consistently. CPS is currently on strike, so things may change. My caseload went from 60 to 82 the following year. The culture can be clickish, and some brown nosing. However, I truly enjoyed being a districtwide employee, as I was not at the same school everyday. That took out the previous piece regarding brown nosing or clicks, b/c you are literally too busy to do either. CPS is a different type of stress compared to the nursing floor. Similar to the politics of the Healthcare system, except you get weekend, holidays and summers off. You are mostly assessing students attnding meetings and writing reports all day. You learn quickly to be creative, and proactive in fitting in your consulting mins. You might have first aid, or an emergency from time to time. However, if one of your 4-5 assigned schools has an LPN, you're blessed. You certainly hone your delegation skills in this position. And as a certified school nurse (CSN) your caseload swells to 10-11 schools. I left mainly for work life balance. Would I return? If they actually improve the working conditions for clinicians. I would certainly recommend it. I hope CTU wins the current battle for all
Classroom Assistant | Chicago, IL | Feb 23, 2017
I go to work to learn, have fun, laugh and change lives!
A typical day at my workplace would be arriving to work, settling in, and proceed to follow my schedule for that respected day. I assist the teachers in all classroom as team teaching and making sure the students are on track and engaged in the material that is being introduced to them. Each and every day I learn something new. One of my favorite things is youtube. Youtube has so many educational videos to learn from. I graduated from high along time ago and naturally we forget some of the stuff we learned. I like to go on youtube and research the topic we will be discussing the next day, so that way if the students don't understand the material my approach may help out. In my school our administration team is awesome. They offer full support and workshops on how we can be better educators. This is great because we learn about new technology that we can bring to the classroom as another learning tool. The hardest part of my job is watching a student struggle during a test. This is where the help is put on a pause because we need to see what the students retained and what they didn't. However; after testing the better part comes. Once we know what a student is struggling in I like to review it and find new and exciting ways to teach the students what they are struggling with. And watching a student go from frustrated to "OH I GET IT" (and you know they get it because their entire face lights up, and two they are now helping their peers out) is what makes my job the
ProsChanging lives for the better
ConsMy budget is tight
Administrative Assistant | Chicago, IL | May 23, 2012
Productive, enjoyable work environment
I loved working for this company especially before the owner died. This company gave me flexibility as far as my schedule was concerned. I enjoyed that I was in the office part time and in the field part time. This position helped me to really hone in on my interpersonal skills because I would deal with a variety of customers and businesses everyday. I would regularly negotiate contracts which forced me to think on my feet in order to make sure the company and the customer were taken care of. I enjoyed managing others and the trust that the owner put in me to run his business successfully. The hardest part of the job was to make sure that everyone was working in an ethical manner. Due to the nature of the business being customer service orientated the employees were field based. There were occasions when I became aware of certain staff doing extra work for additional money and not reporting it. So the biggest challenge was to follow up and to make sure that the employees were conducting business in an ethical manner at all times. The most enjoyable part of this job is that it was somewhat of a family atmosphere. Mostly everyone had a good repore with each other and the company had persons employed there that had been there for numerous years and therefore had the same pride in their work as the owner. So it worked for the good for the company as a whole.
Prosfield base/office split, good repore with employees and owner
Consfollowing up with customers, dealing with unexpected repairs of the machines
Executive Assistant | Chicago, IL | Sep 8, 2017
Special Education Teacher
CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS – CONTINUED Special Education Teacher: Arthur A. Libby Elementary School / John Whistler ElementaryIntermediate School / Wendell E. Green Elementary Upper Grade School (1991-1998) Implemented learning strategies for cross-curriculum objectives within three different elementary, intermediate and upper grade settings. Instructed students with special learning needs from socially and economically diverse backgrounds, maintaining a positive, encouraging classroom focused on creating independence via student-owned strategies. • Utilized positive reinforcement, behavior guidelines and other behavior modification strategies for students facing a broad range of educational and socio-emotional challenges. • Collaborated with teachers, learning specialists and other professionals to share feedback and differentiate instructional methods that maximize students’ ability to retain material. • Participated in IEP staffings and development meetings, and incorporated a variety of strategies to make gains in reading performance and level of independence. • Applied standardized testing to regularly assess student achievement and adapt the curriculum. • Designed and implemented behavior management strategies to individual students and groups. • Provided guidance to student teachers in all areas of lesson planning and classroom management.
ProsWorking with talented professional staff.
ConsNot having more after school programs
Elementary School Teacher | Chicago, IL | Oct 12, 2017
Experience Varies
I think the culture of each Chicago Public School is different and it is hard to give an opinion for all. I think a position with the Chicago Public School has benefits in that it is a secure position with an employer who pays fairly in the education industry. It is one of the highest paid. However, it will depend on what school you are at to see what resources are available to you and how supportive the culture is to new teachers entering the school. There is a lot of Professional Development and opportunities with Chicago Public Schools since it is such a large employer which you can tap into if you would like. I think the most enjoyable part of the job is if you find the right fit with the students, school culture and an administration with values/ teaching style which are in alignment with your own. I think if you can find this school, you will enjoy your teaching and job with CPSl for many years. The hardest part is if you are not a good fit at the school or you don't like some of bureaucracy or constant changes which comes with being part of such a large school network, it will not be easy for you. You also have to be willing to be flexible always as there may be changes from adopting new programs which are approved by network one year and gone the next. You also need to have ability to adapt to circumstances out of your control due to Board of Education and Union negotiations or lack of negotiations.
ProsGood benefits, good pay, job security
ConsWork load and Evaluations depending on School/Administration
Teacher/Coach | Chicago, IL | Sep 29, 2014
During my 15 years of public school teaching, coaching was my favorite job.
A typical day always involved a change in the game plan. No day went according to plan. One gets used to this over time. Planning and preparing meaningful lessons was my specialty. Days began with securing and planting the materials needed for the day as well as making copies for homework and writing out the day's objectives and expectations on the board for students to see. I learned to adapt to students' needs as well as how to coexist with the variety of colleagues in a public setting. I had to be on top of my game for classroom management because in the inner city where I have always taught, one has to think on their toes and be ready for just about anything. I had to find a balance between being street smart and nurturing at the same time. This is not an easy task. I worked well with all of my coworkers and collaborated on a daily basis. I also joined many school-wide teams where I gave thoughtful input as well as received constructive input from others. The hardest part of the job has been the exhaustion I have been feeling in the past year. This did however, lead me to a point in my life where I know I need a change of pace and a turn in direction within education. The most enjoyable parts were the satisfaction gained when students learned the material I taught and even felt excitement about it. Also, I loved coaching teachers and running professional developments over the years.
Prosseeing growth in students
Conslack of respect
Assistant Instructor | Chicago, IL | Nov 1, 2013
A challenging fast-paced job with a lot of room for advancement
I would arrive at work and prepare the classroom for the children's arrival by making sure soap and paper towels were ready for the children's use. Next I would prepare and arrange the serving table for the children to come and get their breakfast. Clean and sanitize tables. Monitor children while toileting/hand washing. Made sure children were seated on the rug prepared for the teacher. Followed lesson plan. Set items out that were to be used for that day. Worked with half of the children during small group time. Sang and danced with the children during circle time. Set food out during lunch time. Monitored children while toileting/handwashing. Helped children put important papers/homework in their bookbag. Made sure each child was signed in and out. Phoned parents if child/ren wasn't picked up on time. Kept children's medical, dental, emergency contact and allergic information updated. I have learned that assistants play a vital role in children's growth. I have learned that management had to deal with a lot when it came to the parents. My co-workers were the greatest group of people to work with. The hardest part of my job was dealing with irate parents. The most enjoyable part of my job was seeing the growth of each child from the time of entrance to the time of exit from our program.
ProsFree education, free lunch, free trips and the parent child center for the parents.
Conslay offs and working conditions. Unexpected visitors.

Questions And Answers about Chicago Public Schools

Do you have to live in Chicago area to work for CPS?
Asked Jul 5, 2016
Not necessarily, special ed teachers for example, do not. Generally yes but there are exceptions.
Answered Oct 24, 2021
Yes you have 6.months after your hire date to comply. Although people seem to find a way around it.
Answered Oct 16, 2021
What is the best part of working at Chicago Public Schools?
Asked Mar 8, 2022
The kids.
Answered Jun 24, 2022
The students and staff
Answered Jun 16, 2022
How often do you get a raise at Chicago Public Schools?
Asked Oct 25, 2021
Answered Sep 16, 2022
23cents every July
Answered Sep 15, 2022
What is the work environment and culture like at Chicago Public Schools?
Asked Jun 10, 2016
Fasted Paced.But If That's What It Takes For OUR Children TO Accomplish And Accomplishes Their Goals Than Let's GET THE JOB DONE.
Answered Aug 3, 2019
All schools' work environments are different. I've worked in two schools, and both of them were very clicky and very political. Additionally, some of my other teacher friends throughout the city have also stated the same. Therefore, one can assume that most schools in Chicago, if not all, are probably clicky and political. With regard to competency, I have worked under many administrators over the years, and all but one were ignorant and incompetent. This is not to say we don't have quality administrators in the district. I'm sure there are fine leaders in some of our schools.
Answered Nov 2, 2018
Why did you leave your job at Chicago Public Schools?
Asked Mar 19, 2017
Injured At Work While Prefoming My Duties!!! As A SUB C.W.A Child Welfare Attendant. As A Call In,Didn't Call For Work That Day SUB Center Called Me, The FACT That I WAS ALWAYS Dependantable. And Did MY Job To The To The Fullest Degrees. I Would Appreciate The Opportunity To Return This School Year 2019. Grammar School's High School's And Young Adults Technical School's.
Answered Aug 3, 2019
Poor work morale. I am currently looking for a better work environment
Answered Nov 3, 2018